Articles  |   October 2016
Heroes Behind Closed Doors: Orlando Team a Model of Preparedness During Tragedy
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  • Albert J. Varon, M.D., MHPE, FCCM
    Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness
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Education / CPD / Trauma / Burn Care / Articles
Articles   |   October 2016
Heroes Behind Closed Doors: Orlando Team a Model of Preparedness During Tragedy
ASA Monitor 10 2016, Vol.80, 32-34.
ASA Monitor 10 2016, Vol.80, 32-34.
There’s a sad consistency to how events unfold during the kinds of large-scale violence that too frequently occur in our society. News of a shooting trickles in through our medium of choice. Reporters frantically seek information on the perpetrators. We’re given a preliminary body count. We’re told that the numbers are expected to grow. We wait in dread for confirmation about terrorist ties.
When a clearer picture emerges, we most often find the mayhem was committed by a lone, troubled individual who – but for one explosive moment – lived a mundane life undeserving of the amount of attention he or she receives. For a while at least, this individual becomes an unlikely totem through which we redouble our discussions about gun control, mental health and national security.
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